fluke

noun (1)
\ ˈflük How to pronounce fluke (audio) \

Definition of fluke

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : flatfish
2 : a flattened digenetic trematode worm broadly : trematode — compare liver fluke

fluke

noun (2)

Definition of fluke (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the part of an anchor that fastens in the ground — see anchor illustration
2 : one of the lobes of a whale's tail

fluke

noun (3)

Definition of fluke (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an accidentally successful stroke at billiards or pool
2 : a stroke of luck the discovery was a fluke Her second championship shows that the first one was no mere fluke.

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Synonyms: Noun (3)

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First Known Use of fluke

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fluke

Noun (1)

Middle English floke, fluke, from Old English flōc; akin to Old English flōh chip, Old High German flah smooth, Greek plax flat surface, and probably to Old English flōr floor — more at floor

Noun (2)

perhaps from fluke entry 1

Noun (3)

origin unknown

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“Fluke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluke. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for fluke

fluke

noun
\ ˈflük How to pronounce fluke (audio) \

Medical Definition of fluke

: a flattened digenetic trematode worm broadly : trematode — see liver fluke

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